Tucker Carlson’s canning is good news for Ukraine – and a blow to the Kremlin’s propaganda
The news of Carlson's dismissal was unexpected (Photo:Brendan McDermid\Reuters)
The canning of pro-Russian U.S. conspiracy theorist Tucker Carlson from his high-profile gig at Fox News is good news for Ukraine – and a blow to the Kremlin’s propaganda.
Look no further than Russia’s propaganda outlet RT, which Tweeted a job offer to Carlson after his dismissal from Fox News on April 24, “effective immediately.”
In opinion pieces that would have been considered traitorous under earlier U.S. administrations, Carlson used his platform as cable TV’s most-watched news “personality” to parrot propaganda from the Kremlin.
His views were so popular in Russia, that the Kremlin ordered state media to play clips from his segments on national TV.
Carlson supported Russian narratives both before and after the Kremlin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Before that, he backed former U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to extort Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to open an investigation into then-political opponent and current U.S. President Joe Biden, railed against his own country’s then-Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, and accused Ukraine – not Russia – of meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.
Carlson was also the U.S. mouthpiece to spread the Russian conspiracy theory about U.S. biolaboratories in Ukraine. He called President Zelenskyy “corrupt”, a “dark force”, and “an instrument of total destruction”. He also opposed any aid to Ukraine and passionately argues for the re-establishment of relations with Russia.
Fox News’ parent company’s stock tanked on April 24 after the network announced the ouster of Carlson, its controversial-but-ratings-darling host, according to Forbes.
Shares of Fox Corporation slid as much as 5.6% in the 30 minutes after its news wing announced it had immediately “agreed to part ways” with Carlson.
Carlson has been the brash prime-time host since 2016.
Fox made headlines in recent weeks due to the massive defamation lawsuit brought by Dominion Voting Systems, which alleged that several of the network’s hosts, including Carlson, broadcasted conspiracy theories about the voting machine company. Carlson was poised to testify at the trial, but the parties settled for $787.5 million last week.
Last month, former Tucker Carlson Tonight producer Abby Grossberg sued the host and Fox News, accusing the network of pressuring her into giving misleading testimony in the Dominion defamation suit.
Carlson was set to be one of Dominion’s first witnesses to testify at trial, reported CNN. His private text messages, which were made public as part of the suit, reverberated nationwide.
Dominion got its hands on Carlson’s group chat with fellow Fox primetime stars Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, and a trove of other messages from around the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
These communications revealed that Carlson told confidants that he “passionately” hated former U.S. President Donald Trump and that Trump’s tenure in the White House was a “disaster.”
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